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These are anthems in waiting, willing soundtracks to heartbreak everywhere.
But one song in and that hardly matters. Elbow write elegant wisps of songs that can be compared to Jeff Buckley, Elliott Smith, even Radiohead at times. Knowing this, they soon stop even pretending to compete with their music.
Mark pulls up a stool and slumps down while Guy closes his eyes and jams a finger in his ear. If they didn't sound so beautiful, it would be unforgivable. But by 'New Born' - the gorgeous lead track on the band's current EP - the hushed melodies have taken over, backed solemnly by the mournful drone of a church organ and the swirl of an acoustic guitar. Over it all, Guy's voice is entrancing, huskily searching for high notes just within his reach as 'New Born' gradually gathers momentum and, teasing, cranks up the volume.
These are anthems in waiting, willing soundtracks to heartbreak everywhere. And whatever that brings, you know Elbow will take it all casually in their stride.
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